This isn’t that big of a deal. I suspect the UK actually lobbied for this - look at the size of the regions being drawn here. If you were to draw England up as one region, you’d give them a lot fewer assemblies or whatever. Brittany, for example, is in separate districts too. I’m pretty sure that regional development grants get apportioned by these divisions. If that’s the case, then the presence of London would skew the figures - it could well mean that england wouldn’t get its fair share of European budget allocations for farm subsidies, infrastructure, etc. Parcelling it out like will mean that underdeveloped areas of England get help.
Oh. I didn’t see the bit about being in the same zone as France - i’m on little sleep. Eep!